Hi all, As y'all know, we're doing a lot of lake mapping here in Kansas. Now, I'd like to map the maps we produce as useable to fishermen as possible, in terms of appearance and information and size and so forth. I'd like to draw upon the collective wisdom of this forum, and have you guys tell me what you need or want on a map of lake depth that you would use for fishing. I'd like to get some ideas from you now, then we'll generate some example maps and post them online where folks can look at them and offer suggestions and changes to make them as user-friendly as possible. So here we go: A few questions from me: 1) To show lake depth - are contour lines (like a topographic map) easier to read, or should we use colors to indicate depth (for example, lighter blues for shallow areas, then becoming darker blues as the depth gets deeper) ? 2) Do you use a GPS - and would having a coordinate grid, like latitude/longitude, or UTM grid, printed on the map help in locating an area on the map ? 3) Black-and-white --- or color ?? Or both ? 4) Other information that should be printed on the map ? Creel limits ? Maximum depth ? 5) Does anyone use Google Earth ? 6) If we print hardcopies to send out, should they be laminated for weather-resistance ? Thanks. These are a few thoughts that came to mind - and I'd appreciate hearing any or all thought and ideas you may have. No, we won't be selling these - my plan is for free distribution. Mark J. "KBSJayhawk"